Jasford Gabriel - JTA President 2020-2021

JTA applauds Government's extra lessons initiative

Publication Date: 
Friday, April 30, 2021

The Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) is applauding the Government's decision to sponsor extra lessons for students after schools return to normal, in order to address the learning loss the country has experienced since the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic last year.

“We are all aware of the significance of the learning loss that has taken place, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic, and also we should bear in mind that even prior to the pandemic the education system was not necessarily meeting the needs of the 21st century learners. But given what has transpired since the pandemic, it is a good suggestion,” JTA President Jasford Gabriel told the Jamaica Observer.

Education Minister Fayval Williams had announced the initiative in her contribution to the sectoral debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday. She said the decision was made after identifying that students had not been getting the required amount of content contact and needed to compensate for it.

“When we resume normal operations in our schools we will launch Government-sponsored extra-lesson classes to provide more teaching and learning opportunities for our children, especially those from economically disadvantaged homes,” she said.

Williams also said that the programme will be available to parents who want to learn more, so that they can help their children or assist in completing the high school eduction they were not able to finish.

Gabriel said the initiative should have a positive impact because the culture of extra lessons has helped prepare students to be more competent in various subject areas, especially for national examinations.

“It would be very interesting to get more information in relation to the details of this extra-lesson programme. For example, which students would be targeted, how will we treat with the students who may not be able to benefit from these lessons on account of the distances they have to travel from, and what other strategies are going to be in place to help to treat with the learning loss,” Gabriel said.

Education Week 2021 Church Service

2021 Education Conference Day 2

2021 Education Conference Day 1

Latest Member Musings